Northwest NEWS

November 18, 2002


Season ends for Falcons in overtime

whs.jpg Photo by Russ Paris
   Woodinville's football season ended on a 21-20 loss to the Kentwood High School Conquerors last Wednesday.
   by Russ Paris
   Woodinville's football season ended on a 21-20 loss to the Kentwood High School Conquerors last Wednesday in a Class 4A playoff preliminary round at Pop Keeney Stadium in Bothell.
   The first half was hard hitting and mistake laden with the two teams fumbling seven times.
   Woodinville started on their own 4 yard line with Matt Tuiasosopo hitting Kurt Meckling on a reverse thrown pass out to midfield, and on the next play Tui spotted an open Casey Priseman in the end zone.
   But misfortune was in the air for the Falcons as the TD was called back. On another play, Tuiasosopo threw the ball 50 yards only to be dropped by a usually sure-handed Falcon receiver.
   All told, Woodinville fumbled four times turning it over three times, while Kentwood lost all three of their fumbles in the first half. Neither team scored in the first half.
   Kentwood took possession of the ball in the third quarter going with their 5-foot, 5-inch junior running back Will Thompson. On 13 straight carries he moved the ball 76 yards to the 4 yard line. Fullback Tahj Bomar took it in for the score putting Kentwood ahead of the Falcons 7-0.
   Then Tuiasosopo showed the brilliance of comeback play carrying for 57 yards. His final carry of 43 yards down the right side line tied the score at 7 all.
   After another Conqueror score, Woodinville found itself down 14 to 7.
   This is the drive Falcons fans will remember. On 4th and 8, Priseman made a clutch 17-yard reception. Next, David Ronning made a leaping 21-yard catch to move to the nine, and Tui again found him in the end zone tying the game with just four seconds left on the clock.
   In overtime Tuiasosopo broke through the line for 8 yards. Although the extra point was wide, the Birds were up 20 to 14 and appeared on the road to victory. Tui finished with 127 yards passing, 1 T.D., and than ran for 110 yards and 2 T.D.s.
   When the final passing attempt by the Kentwood quarterback on a 4th and 10 situation failed, Woodinville appeared to be on the road to victory.
   But a pass interference call gave Kentwood new life,and they scored two plays later. Their extra point was good, ending the game 21 to 20 Kentwood win.